Boston police have added to the total number of illegal guns pulled off the streets after two separate incidents in the city this past weekend. With those guns came four arrests. We have the latest information on the suspects, arrests, and guns that were confiscated.
Incident 1: Three Guns, Three Arrests
The first of the incidents began Saturday, April 21, 2018, at approximately 7:10 p.m. at 4 Dalessio Court near D Street. Members of the Youth Violence Strike Force came across a large group of individuals who were drinking and smoking marijuana in a public setting.
When entering the common hallway, officers discovered a loaded black Ruger .380 Auto Model LCP11. The pistol had its serial number carved off. Due to the large group of people in the general area of the gun, officers proceeded to search members of the group, along with their vehicles.
Officers inquired about the vehicle closest to the group. When questioned as to who the owner was, Emmanuel Nova produced the keys for the vehicle. The 19-year-old went on to tell police that the car was registered to 30-year-old Alex J. Valdez.
Two more firearms were discovered inside of a car; a Taurus 9mm Millenium G2, black with the serial number destroyed, and a black Glock .40 Model 22. A high-capacity magazine for the Taurus 9mm was also found.
Both Nova and Valdez were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful possession of a high-capacity feeding device, and possession of a firearm with obliterated serial number. Unrelated to the gun charges, 20-year-old Jimal B. Ortiz was also arrested.
Ortiz was among the group and, as the search continued, it was discovered that he was currently wanted on an outstanding default warrant.
Incident 2: Hidden Gun Found While Suspect Flees
A short time later on Sunday, April 22, at approximately 12:55 a.m., officers in an unmarked cruiser observed what look to be a fight about to break out near Top Mix Bar and Kitchen. As the officers headed towards the fight area, three males walked away from the group.
The officers followed the three males in an unmarked cruiser, and observed 29-year-old Michael Afonseca separate from the other two males and duck behind a car. Police caught up with Afonseca and told him he was not free to leave the area until their investigation was concluded.
The officer began to look at one of the vehicles that Afonseca was near, and discovered a loaded revolver on top of the right front wheel. Afonseca then allegedly fled the scene on foot. He was quickly found by officers in a shed in a nearby backyard.
Michael Afonseca has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm. Afonseca should be arraigned on April 23 in Roxbury District Court.
Since the beginning of 2018, Boston police have managed to get over 200 illegal firearms off of the streets. They’ve now added four more to the total.